Kavanagh, Marie and Hancock, Philip and Segal, Naomi and Howieson, Bryan and Kent, Jenny (2010) Who should teach what? Perceptions of the roles of universities and practice in the education of professional accountants. In: 2010 Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference (AFAANZ 2010), 3-6 July 2010, Christchurch, New Zealand.
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Universities have traditionally been criticised for not producing 'work ready' accountants and the role and responsibilities of universities in educating professional accountants continues to be debated. This paper reviews the literature in accounting and other professions regarding the respective roles of universities and employers in the development of both technical and non-technical skills of accounting practitioners. The literature review suggests that critics of university based education fail to recognise (a) the changes that have occurred in the roles and responsibilities of accounting practitioners and (b) the opportunity costs necessarily associated with providing generalist accounting degrees. The literature also suggests that universities and employers have comparative advantages for the development of different types of professional skills and knowledge. The paper reports the insights provided from a series of interviews with accounting practitioners and students about their perceptions of the respective responsibilities and roles of universities and employers. In general, although some interviewees recognised that universities cannot be 'all things to all people', there was a tendency to expect universities to have the major responsibility for the development in accounting graduates of both technical and non-technical knowledge and skills. Such perceptions tended to understate the responsibilities and comparative advantage of employers and result in unrealistic expectations about the outcomes of a university education. Employers need to be made more aware of the resource and other limitations associated with university programs and more attention should be provided to developing meaningful opportunities for learning and reflection within work place contexts.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
|Additional Information:||Paper no: 310. No evidence of copyright restrictions.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||work ready; practitioners; accounting academics; graduate attributes and skills|
|Depositing User:||Professor Marie Kavanagh|
|Date Deposited:||14 Jun 2011 02:12|
|Last Modified:||28 Aug 2013 06:05|
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